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Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to Late Brian Dennehy Who He Co-Starred with in 'First Blood'

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 18, 2020
12:30 A.M.

Brian Dennehy was fondly remembered by his industry colleagues, including Sylvester Stallone, following his death at the age of 81.

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Since the news of Brian Dennehy's passing became public, many celebrities, including Sylvester Stallone, have taken to their various social media platforms to pay tribute to the late actor.

Sylvester Stallone speaks onstage at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April, 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

Sylvester Stallone speaks onstage at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April, 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

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According to Daily Mail, Sylvester took to Instagram with a classic image of himself and the late actor in the 1982 film "Rambo: First Blood," in which Stallone played Rambo and Brian played Will Teasle.

[Brian Dennehy] eventually landed his first Tony Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe for his character as Willy Loman in "Death of A Salesman."

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Through the post's caption, the 73-year-old star revealed that it was Brian's past as a Vietnam vet that helped him in building the titular character of Rambo. Alongside the hashtag #First Blood, Sylvester also added that "the world has lost a great artist."

As expected, the actor star's fans liked the post over 500,000 likes before they dropped comments about Brian's legacy. While some people stated that the news of Brian's death was saddening, others wrote that they enjoyed seeing him in "First Blood."

Brian Dennehy attends the "Driveways" screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Village East Cinema on April 30, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Brian Dennehy attends the "Driveways" screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Village East Cinema on April 30, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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Brian's representative, Brad Turrell, confirmed to USA Today that the beloved actor, who claimed many awards while alive, died of natural causes at his Connecticut home.

During his career, the 81-year-old was also known for his roles as Chris Farley's father, Thomas "Big Tom" Callahan Jr., in the comedy movie, "Tommy Boy." His most recent role, however, was as Dominic Wilkinson in the NBC show, "The Blacklist."

Brian Dennehy as Dom in one of the Episodes of "The Blacklist" on March 18, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Brian Dennehy as Dom in one of the Episodes of "The Blacklist" on March 18, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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As regards his awards, USA Today noted that he earned six Primetime Emmy nominations for his performances in "A Killing in a Small Town" and "The Burden of Proof," among others.

He eventually landed his first Tony Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe for his character as Willy Loman in "Death of A Salesman."

"Nina See's Red Pt. 2" Episode 15 -- Air Date 02/16/1999 -- David Spade as Dennis Finch, Brian Dennehy as Red Finch | Photo: Getty Images

"Nina See's Red Pt. 2" Episode 15 -- Air Date 02/16/1999 -- David Spade as Dennis Finch, Brian Dennehy as Red Finch | Photo: Getty Images

Brian's portrayal of the character had been so real that an author for the New York Times wrote that he couldn't look away from the scenes as they played out before him.

That dedication to his craft landed him a second Tony Award four years later when he played the role of James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

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